[Tweeters] Chestnut-backed chickadees

Jennifer DeSelle jendeselle at yahoo.com
Sun May 10 09:34:42 PDT 2015

I have a chickadee nesting box that I put up a couple of years ago.  In the beginning of April I noticed a pair of CBCH checking it out over the course of a couple of days. Then a nosy scrub jay came around and tried to take a look inside, and the box remained vacant. Now, a month later, the pair (or another pair?) is back. This morning I watched them removing wood chips from the box! One chickadee stood watch (noisily) while the other removed wood chips, flew into our window-side rhodie, and dropped them. However, a scrub jay appeared in the tree (not at the box) and now the pair has split. I'm hoping they return!  
Am I wrong in thinking these chickadees are a little late to start nesting? 
And on an unrelated side-note, the excavator chickadee is missing a foot! 
--Jen  Olympia, WA

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